find our small Christian Bookshop is located next to the church in
Opening Hours Monday -
Friday (and some Saturdays): 10:00 - 13:00
Our bookshop has a
selection of Bibles and books, a wide range of greetings cards (most of
which include a scripture verse), CDs and some small gifts.
We also have
a range of 'previously owned' Christian books for sale.
If you find that we
don't have what you want in stock, we may be able to order it for you.
find a warm welcome from one of our team of volunteers
is a well known author - what may not be so well known is that he and
his wife were missionaries in Brazil and during their time there their
second daughter, Andrea, was born. When Andrea was 18 months old the
family moved back to Texas due to various changes in their
circumstances. As would be expected Andrea does not remember the time
her family spent in Brazil. She does, however, remember lots about
growing up in San Antonio, Texas, where her father was a pastor. She
remembers details of the church building as well as she remembers her
on to study at a university in Texas and as part of her course she had
the opportunity to take part in a ‘study abroad’ programme. This
involved spending four months in Oxford England and when she returned
home to Texas she hoped she would one day return to the city of Oxford.
When she was 22 years old she did indeed return to the city of Oxford to
study for her master’s degree in English Literature at Oxford Brookes
University. She has now written a book about her time in Oxford entitled
“English Lessons : The crooked path of growing toward faith” (£9.99).
She didn’t set out to write a book about it. Rather she got up early one
Monday morning a few years ago and started to write something that
wasn’t for work, something that was just for herself for fun. She
enjoyed this writing so much that she continued to do this every Monday
morning and found that she was writing all about her year in Oxford -
details and memories that she hadn’t thought about for a while. She
wrote about people, places, conversations - anything she could remember.
She also re-read the journals she had written while she was in Oxford.
Thinking about her experiences in Oxford reminded her of some of the
lessons she had learned; things about God, herself or others. Eventually
the things she was writing about became this book, written in an
engaging easy to read style.
In her book
she talks of arriving in her class at university in Oxford and finding
herself to be the only Christian in her class. This was the first time
in her life that she had found herself in that situation as she had
previously gone to a Christian High School and a Christian college. Even
in the summer breaks she had been in the company of Christians as she
worked in Christian camps. For the first time she felt she had to defend
what she believed but at the same time she found herself facing
questions ….who am I ?, who is God ? and why do I believe what I believe
? In her book she explores her journey of a changing faith and an
unchanging God. She shares details of her struggles with doubts around
her faith and spiritual identity. To her surprise she learned things
about her faith in God during her time in England, as well as learning
about things for her master’s degree.